Recently, I noticed a diagram on LinkedIn that I want to share with you. It’s known as the Data- Information-Knowledge-Wisdom (DIKW) model or pyramid. This diagram has many fathers (eg, Jay Liebowitz-1999) but its origin is uncertain. Wiki: “ many authors agreed that DIKW, at least IKW, originated from the play The Rock by T. S. Eliot in 1934.”
In my view, it also shows why Knowledge = Power as knowing How is a powerful tool in life.
It also shows, in my view, why Wisdom is beyond Power (and – obviously – Knowledge).
The Needs stage is about obtaining raw data, the Wants stage is about retrieving information (from data), while the Beliefs stage is characterized by believing in the value of that information. These beliefs are represented by monism (a belief in Power), or dualism (a belief that Knowledge equals Power), or trialism (a belief in the triangle of Love, Knowledge & Power).
The above is the reason why I like philosophy, “the study of general and fundamental questions, such as those about reason, existence, knowledge, values, mind, and language” (Wiki).
Last but not least, the quote from The Rock (1934) by T. S. Eliot (1888-1965):
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
Note: all markings (bold, italic, underlining) by LO unless stated otherwise.